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Day 1: Arrive in San José
You will be met on your arrival at San José Airport and transferred to our hotel. Later in the evening, we meet our guide for dinner and orientation meeting. Overnight in San José.
Day 2: To Caño Blanco via Braulio Carrillo National Park, Boat Ride to Tortuguero National Park
Early morning, depart San José for the Caribbean coast. Enroute, we drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, enjoying wonderful views of the rainforest. We will make a stop at a banana plantation before arriving in Caño Blanco, where we transfer to our open roof boat for a 1 1/2 hour boat journey through the beautiful canals to get to Tortuguero, always keeping an eye out for wildlife. Upon arrival in Tortuguero, we have lunch and a welcome orientation session. Visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
After breakfast, your guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero. Learn about the history of Tortuguero village, visit the park headquarters, and walk past colorful Afro-Caribbean homes. In the afternoon, you depart by boat to continue your exploration of the canals of Tortuguero National Park. This time you will visit Caño Harold (Harold's Canal), where bare-throated tiger herons, snowy egrets, boat billed herons and other species are known to nest. We return to the lodge late afternoon to relax before dinner. Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 4: Tortuguero, To Sarapiqui
After breakfast we depart via the stunning wildlife rich canals of Tortuguero to Cano Blanco where we transfer to our vehicle and continue to Sarapiqui. In the afternoon, enjoy a pineapple plantation tour. Dinner and overnight in Sarapiqui
Day 5: Sarapiqui
Enjoy an exciting river rafting (Class III) experience after breakfast. Make sure you keep an eye out for birds and wildlife while enjoying you adrenaline rush.
Day 6: To Arenal Volcano
We depart for Arenal today but along the way, we stop at La Fortuna, the town at the base of Arenal volcano. Our drive today will take you through many coffee plantations. Until the 19th century, Costa Rica was very poor with an economy based on subsistence agriculture. Then the introduction of coffee provided a product suitable for export. Bananas followed coffee; both remain two of the most important crops in Costa Rica today. After lunch, arrive at your hotel in time for an afternoon rest. In the evening, if mother nature permits, view the volcanic activity, which may include explosions and lava flows. Overnight in Arenal.
Day 7: Arenal Volcano
After breakfast, depart with your guide for a morning hike in the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This project sits within a 250-hectare (618 acre) reserve of fully recovered secondary rain forest. A visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges consists of traversing 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long that cross the rain forest and a 3 km circuit of interpretive trails. In the afternoon, visit the Eco-Termales Hot Springs. Doña Mireya, your host, will prepare a typical Costa Rican dinner for you, in the tradition of local hospitality. Overnight in Arenal.
Day 8: Rincon De La Vieja, Local Community
Today we travel to Rincon De La Vieja National Park. This national park is home to an intriguing combination of volcanic and geologic wonders, dry forest and pristine tropical rainforest that span 6 life zones. The continental divide has created a dry forest on one side of the national park and lush rain forest on the other. Not only is the area naturally fascinating but offers the oppourtunity to experience a local, untouch community. Enjoy your visit to the town of Dos Rios, where we visit their local school, meet with the town mayor and have lunch in local homes.
Day 9: Blue River Horseback tour and River Swim
The Blue River not only a naturally beautiful volcanic river but also offer health giving minerals. We set out on our journey by horseback until we reach our destination. Enjoy lunch and a relaxing swim. This is a perfect place to enjoy a restful yet exciting afternoon enjoying the surroundings and cooling off in the beautiful blue waters. Overnight and dinner in Rincon De La Vieja.
Day 10: To Playa Panama, Guanacaste
After breakfast, we explore Palo Verde National Park which is an important stop for migrating birds. We set out by boat along the Temoisque river where we can see mangrove and keep an eye out for local and migratory birds, crocodiles, iguanas, Capuchino and Howler Monkeys and more.
Day 11: Corobici River Floating Tour
This classic float trip is a delightful highlight, especially for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The scenery and wildlife along the Corobici are legendary. As you leisurely raft along this tranquil river, you might spot one of the more than 300 species of birds from the nearby Palo Verde National Park. Among the more commonly seen birds are ospreys, kingfishers, cormo- rants, and blue, tiger and boat-billed herons. Other wildlife in the area includes otters, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, iguanas and many other types of lizards. A delicious local lunch will be served at Rincon Corobici restaurant after you finish rafting. Later we will drive back to our hotel via Liberia City, stopping for a short city tour. Overnight in Playa Panama.
Day 12: Fly to San José, Poas Volcano, Coffee Plantation,
We have an early morning breakfast before our flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, we drive to Paos Volcano. Poas is one of the widest volcanic craters in the world at almost 1 mile (1.6km) and is one of the largest active volcanos in the world.
Day 13: Depart San José
Transfer To San José International airport for your homeward flight.
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